West Newbury, Haverhill and Groveland Students to Perform at New England Conservatory of Music

Pentucket Regional High School students, from left, Bella Higgins, Adam Hannula, Chaney Goldstein and Lily Friend were accepted into the 2022 Massachusetts Music Educators’ Association Northeastern Senior District Music Festival. (Courtesy photograph.)

Four Pentucket Regional High School students were recently accepted into the 2023 Massachusetts Music Educators’ Association Northeastern Senior District Music Festival taking place Jan. 7 at Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music.

Senior Bella Higgins of West Newbury, percussion, and juniors Lily Friend of West Newbury, horn, Chaney Goldstein of Haverhill, saxophone, and Adam Hannula of Groveland, tuba, were among more than 700 high school music students from across the district who auditioned at North Andover High School Nov. 19. Goldstein was accepted into the Jazz Band, while Friend, Hannula and Higgins were accepted into the Concert Band. Goldstein also will be invited to audition in January for a place in the All-State Jazz Band.

Fine and Performing Arts Department Chair David Schumacher. “This is our largest class of acceptances in recent memory, in what is always a highly competitive process. It is a wonderful accomplishment to celebrate as we emerge from the challenges of the pandemic.”

The Massachusetts Music Educators’ Association Northeastern District encompasses school districts north and west of Boston, in the Merrimack Valley and on Cape Ann.

Pentucket Regional middle and high schools also present an Ensembles Concert and Arts Reception Wednesday, Dec. 21, 6 p.m., at the middle high school auditorium and Dining Commons. Student visual art and video content will be on display in the Dining Commons as part of a reimagined Arts Festival. The concert begins at 7 p.m., and feature the middle school and high school choirs, orchestras, concert bands, percussion ensembles, and middle school jazz band. All groups will join for a special holiday sing-along grand finale.

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